NORTH FORSYTH — A north Forsyth man has been indicted for arson in connection with a bedroom fire that sent him to the hospital in October.
Marlin Brett Dixon, who was 46 at the time of the Oct 6 blaze, faces a charge of first-degree arson for purposefully damaging “by means of fire the dwelling house of the accused” on Shannon Drive off John Burruss Road, according to a May 9 Forsyth County Superior Court bill of indictment.
Dixon was taken to an area hospital with minor burn injuries, according to the Forsyth County Fire Department at the time.
He was reportedly the only person in the residence at the time of the fire, which caused “considerable” damage to the home that made it “uninhabitable.”
A neighbor apparently reported the blaze to 911 about 10 a.m. that day.
Dixon has no known history of arson. However, he was due in court that day on a simple battery charge stemming from a July incident, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
And he did have at least one other incident recorded with the sheriff’s office dating back to 2002.